Tag Archives: Book

Interview with Anthony S. Author of Paradise and the Pandemic

Good morning,

I’m pleased to bring you this interview with Anthony S, author of Paradise and the Pandemic.

Please enjoy!

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

Interview:

#1 What is your author name? Author Anthony S (Texas)

#2 What is the title of your book and the genre? “Paradise and the Pandemic” (Genre) children’s book

#3 What is the book about? A female character named “Paradise” who entertains and educates our youth. (virtual learning book series)

#4 Where did you get the idea for it? I was inspired by my niece

#5 How long did it take you to write it? It took me six weeks to write it… not including editing

#6 Did you learn anything from it? I learned quite a bit from the project… as always, taking things into consideration.

#7 Do you have website? I have a website www.booksbyanthonyS.com I am currently working on the animation I anticipate launching in three to four weeks.

#8 Do you have any tips for authors? Yes, (use) editors and cover artists. 

#9 What genres do you like to read? I like drama, suspense, spirituality, and fiction with a message.

#10 What is your favorite book or author? Rick Warren…Inspiring, compassionate, empowering, encouraging, hopeful…keeps me well rounded.

#11 Do you have any pets? Used too…K-9

#12 Do you use an electric reading device? No…but I’m open! 

___

Admin: As an Amazon associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Interview with Joannes Rhino, Author of The Unseen Face

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Joannes Rhino, author of The Unseen Face.

Please see it below.

Thank you,

-Vincent Lowry

Interview:

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
Joannes Rhino. I live in Bali, Indonesia.

2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
The Unseen Face. It’s a drama-psychology/suspense semi-fiction novel.

3) What is the book about?
The Unseen Face is about memory loss, facing the demons of the past and questioning everything.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?
The Unseen Face is actually based on my close mate’s testimony about his disease. He had struggled with mental disorders since the loss of his loved ones. His story was very triggering for me to come up with The Unseen Face. However, it also elicited a lot of unexpected responses, negative or positive. For that reason, and to protect my friend’s personal life, I decided to twist up some of the facts. The content of The Unseen Face, however, is 80% based on actual event.

5) How long did it take you to write it?
Honestly speaking, the writing process didn’t take that long. No more than 6 months I got it done, roughly. However, the research and editing process took a lot of time, money and efforts.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?
The key word of the spiritual message in The Unseen Face is forgiveness. We have to remember that everything is giving by purpose. Hatred and revenge are not the best friends in our spiritual journey. Non ability to deal with negativity is leading to serious crimes, psycho problems, crumpled life and as an end result – wrong direction and wrong Spiritual Choices.

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
I don’t have the time to do that, yet.

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
Be yourself! Write only with your own writing style, not others. There is no bad writing. There’s just that, writing. Everyone has own style! Don’t be afraid to share what’s inside your head.

9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I love writing and reading psychology/thriller/suspense because when it comes to someone’s psychology, it’s amazing what I discover. There are a lot of things to discuss and share. Yeah, I am open to reading other’s works.

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
Paulo Coelho with “The Alchemist” and a motivational book by Rhonda Byrne “The Secret”. Those books really changed my perspective about life.

11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
I have a Labrador, Rottweiler and German Shepherd.

12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
I’m an old-fashioned person. I still prefer books on hand.

Admin: As an Amazon associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Interview with Adam Jordan, Author of Imposition (Book 1), and Rupture (Book 2)

Good morning,

Today’s interview is with Adam Jordan, author of Imposition (Book 1) and Rupture (Book 2 – shown above).

Please enjoy!

Best,

Vincent Lowry

Interview:

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?

  • My name is Adam Jordan and I live in California.

2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?

  • Series: No Man’s World (Post-apocalyptic, Sci fi)
    • Book I – Imposition
    • Book II – Rupture

3) What is the book about? 

  • Premise: A ravaged Earth, eleven years into the apocalypse. Civilization collapsed after humanity’s encounter with another people from across the stars. These aliens had lost their world as well, and were left lost and stranded in the deep black of space, until they found Earth. As the world’s governments argued and fought over access to this stranded fleet, they destroyed themselves. Left with a planet on the verge of death, the alien species terraformed its face, cleansing the rot and radiation. A new world was given life; primal, beautiful, and dangerous. The remnants of humanity emerge from the shadows, without the shield of society. What will become of them?
  • Book I: A small group ventures out in search for their lost friend, and find themselves caught between two ruthless factions.
  • Book II: When a young warlord’s beast escapes, he heads off into new territory. On his search, he stumbles upon a city and discovers the world is much larger than he thought.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

  • It started off with a character, then a scene, and it blossomed into this insane world. It is an amalgamation of inspiration, from my life, and the stories I knew and loved.

5) How long did it take you to write it?

  • The first book took me six years, and the sequel was another two.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

  • These being my first published works, I learned a lot about the process; how to go from idea to finished product. It requires a lot of patience and focus.

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists? 

  • Maybe I’ll have some more at that point. I would encourage other authors not to compromise with your story. If an editor points out a plot hole, it is good to listen and see how to fix it, but if anyone demands fundamental change to your original idea, I would strongly urge to resist. In the end it is your story.
  • My editor, Courtney Andersson and my cover artist, Jeff Brown (brand = Jeff Brown Graphics) are incredibly talented and professional, and I would encourage authors on the look to reach out to them via Reedsy.

9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?

  • I like sci fi, fantasy, survival, and post-apocalyptic stories. I don’t like forcing myself to read, and tend to spend a long time on one book that I find interesting, almost savoring it.

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? 

  • My favorite books are the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and Kenneth Oppel’s Dark Wing. You cannot go wrong with Tolkien’s legendary work. They have everything, incredibly compelling characters, a vast world that felt constantly built upon, and an overall unforgettable journey.
  • Dark Wing is probably the most fascinating book I’ve read to date; in a setting rarely seen in any medium, a world where dinosaurs are dying, and mammals are taking their first steps toward domination. I read Oppel’s Silverwing trilogy as a kid and fell in love with his world of superstitious bats, rats, and birds. I was blown away with their anthropomorphic cultures and conflicts. Dark Wing, the series’ prequel, brought it down to a more primeval level. The brutality, as well as the heartwarming moments were unforgettable.

11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?

  • I have a cat. She is black and brown, and striped. Her name is Princess Bubblegum, or either Peebs or PB for short. She is named after my favorite character in the cartoon show, Adventure Time.

12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?

  • I sadly do not, as of yet.

_____

Admin: As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Interview with Genni Gunn, Author of Permanent Tourists

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Genni Gunn, author of Permanent Tourists.

Please enjoy!

Best,

Vincent Lowry

Interview:

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
Genni Gunn. I live in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
My latest book is Permanent Tourists, a collection of linked short stories.    

3) What is the book about? 
The stories in Permanent Tourists feature protagonists connected through a support group, all dealing with loss precipitated by elusive fathers, husbands and lovers, by a wife’s death, a lost child, sibling rivalries.. Tourists in their own lives and paralyzed by emotional inertia, they flee to evade responsibilities, failed relationships, their own shortcomings. Although the stories take place in Canada, the USA, Thailand, Cambodia, Mexico and Italy, my characters are less thrill-seeking tourists on vacation than they are P.K. Page’s “terrible tourists with their empty eyes longing to be filled with monuments.” What they’re looking for cannot be not found in any postcard destination.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I am an avid traveller, and often write while travelling. One of these stories, and perhaps the origin of them all, was a story commissioned by Danel Olson for his Exotic Gothic anthology series. Two of my stories ended up in Exotic Gothic Volume 2 and volume 4. Those two stories became one combined story in this collection, entitled “Solitudes.”

5) How long did it take you to write it?
I wrote some of the stories some years ago, and five of them over about 18 months. I am not a quick writer.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?
I found that the more I edited, and the more I connected the stories, the more I found connections that were already embedded in the text, which surprised me somewhat, because it was as if my subconscious knew more than I did in my conscious writing state. So all that was a thrill. I strongly believe in the subconscious, and in the fact that when we write, often we’re not even sure why we’re writing a particular thing. Yet later, we can see that it makes perfect sense, that we have intuited the connection between things.

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?My author website is www.gennigunn.com, and you can click here for my Permanent Tourist book trailer.

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists? 
I have taught creative writing for many years, and have always encouraged young authors to read, read, read. Every author I know reads constantly. It is one of the most illuminating pastimes one can have. And it is ultimately the best teacher for writers. Every time I read a fabulous book, I am inspired to go further in my own work. This does not mean imitation, but rather that great writing makes one strive harder to make great writing.

9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I read widely. When I was in the 30s, I made a new years’ resolution that I would read a book a week for the rest of my life, and I have striven to do this every year since. I manage most years. I read literary fiction, historical fiction, probably most of the prize-winning books in English Language, such as the Booker Prize winner, the Pulitzer, the National Book Awards, the International Dublin Literary Award, etc. It keeps one pretty busy!

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? 
This really changes as time passes. Right now, a book that has really stayed in my mind, despite having read it several years ago is Charlotte Wood’s The Natural Way of things. This book was published in Australia in 2015, and haunts me still. It is a Kafkaesque story of ten young women who awaken from a drugged sleep to discover they have been abducted and taken to the Australian outback. They have no contact with the outside world, and only slowly begin to discover why they have been abducted and taken there. I will give nothing away here, but to say that this is one of the most affecting and haunting books I have ever read.

11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
Oh yes, I have one polydactyl white cat, who in a couple of weeks, will turn 21! It’s the oldest cat I have ever had. She is, unfortunately, not too well at the moment, but hanging in there. She has been a joy in my life, affectionate and sweet as can be. She had a little sister, NuNu – a Siamese – who died a couple of years ago at the age of 17. Cats have always been an important part of my life.

12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
I have a kindle, but actually, I download a massive amount of books and read them all on my phone. In the past couple of days, I have downloaded, The Friend by Sigrid Nunez, Mrs. Bridge by Evan S. Connelly (because I saw a fabulous review of this old book in The New Yorker), Virgin Wander by Leif Enger and Here the Dark by David Bergen. Because I travel a lot – though not right now during Covid times – reading on my phone has been my primary reading mode.

Admin: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Interview with Carol Orange, Author of A Discerning Eye

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Carol Orange, author of A Discerning Eye.

Please enjoy!

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

Interview:

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)? Carol Orange. I live in Chicago, Illinois.


2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre? A Discerning Eye


3) What is the book about? The novel takes off from the real theft of 13 precious pieces of art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. My protagonist, Portia Malatesta, is an art dealer and a docent at the Museum. She analyzes the paintings that were stolen – why this and not that – and constructs a psychological profile of the thief. She is introduced to someone in the FBI and they discover her profile matches someone in their database. They hire her to work with them in Medellin, Colombia where she has worked before and has contacts. She accompanies them on a high stakes sting. Portia’s role is to befriend Maria Alfonso the married daughter of the local drug lord. It is a dangerous time there with drive-by shootings, but she does go with the FBI and Interpol. 


4) Where did you come up with the idea? I was an art dealer in Boston and was very angry about the stolen paintings.  This robbery happened over thirty years ago and they have not yet been found. The intricate suspense novels of John Le Carre inspired my premise, although nothing like is in his novels. 

5) How long did it take you to write it? 10 years

6) Did you learn anything from the project? Yes, it is hard to write a novel.

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? My web site is www.carolorange.com How about a book video? No. But an audio version will be completed soon.

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? Be persistent and believe in yourself. How about any great editors/cover artists? Elizabeth Rosner is a good editor. I met her at a Writer’s Conference in Kauai.

9) What genres do you like to read? Literary fiction, suspense, memoirs.  Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work? Yes

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?  Madame Bovary. I read it in both English and French. I think Flaubert captured the voice of a woman who was stuck in a stultifying environment. 

11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?  No. I love English bull dogs.

12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it? No, I like real books.

_____

Admin: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Interview with Amelia Marriette, Author of Walking into Alchemy – The Transformative Power of Nature

Hello,

Today I’m very pleased to bring you this interview with Amelia Marriette, author of Walking into Alchemy – The Transformative Power of Nature.

Please enjoy!

Best,

Vincent Lowry

Interview:

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or
country if not in the US)?

My name is Amelia Marriette and although I am British I
live in a small town called Bad Sankt Leonhard in
Southern Austria.

2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
Walking into Alchemy: The Transformative Power of
Nature is a Non-fiction book: a memoir, a story about
relocation, love and finding one’s path in life. It has
passages about nature and the landscape. It includes
some Shakespeare and a bit of Art History too. 

3) What is the book about?
The central theme of the book is my personal journey
following redundancy, financial problems, depression and
ill health and my fortunate relocation to Austria. The
book has three other main areas of interest: a love story;
a nature story and a book about art, culture and the
wider world. The love story is one concerning my
chance encounter with my now partner Katie which led
to our relocation to her home town in Austria. I was
surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Carinthian
region, and my love of nature was rekindled. I sought repair and rejuvenation through the completion of fifty-
two, thirteen-mile walks in the span of one calendar
year. This act of repetitive walking enabled me to study
the changing seasons and explore the flora and fauna
of the area; I was able to return myself to health by
considering and reconsidering personal experiences,
emotions, ideas and memories. I also returned to my love
of photography. As the weeks passed, I began to find my
sense of place and my new path in life. I realised that I
was walking into alchemy, mining for gold as I went. It
was then, as a former curator and Shakespeare scholar
that I began to see connections everywhere, and I was able
to invest my walks with meaning from paintings,
musical passages and lines of verse.
I hope that my book Walking into Alchemy will inspire
readers to find their own paths in life, wherever that
might take them.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I came up with the idea after I had completed my first few
walks; it was going to be a blog, but I believe in the
written word and the power of printed books. I also
wanted to work on something over a period of time,
editing and polishing it and include images. I approached
the project without a clear idea of the outcome – which
was deliberate on my part; I wanted literally to take
the idea for a walk and allow my ideas to ferment and
develop.

5) How long did it take you to write it?
It took me exactly a year to walk fifty-two walks in fifty-
two weeks and a further two years to write the book –
much longer than I expected. I also completed one extra
walk and included it at the end of the book to give the
book a sense of closure.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?
I learnt so much! I learnt a great deal about the changing
of the seasons, especially in a climate that is much colder
than I am used to. I learnt about local customs and met
local people I otherwise would never have met. I learnt
that as an author “taking one’s story for a walk” really
does open up new and unexpected possibilities. I also
learnt to be calmer, more content and happier with
myself. At the beginning of my journey I found it hard to
recognise beauty in life, by the end of the year I was
looking for and finding beauty in both the minute and the
epic – mining for gold as I went. I also can now appreciate
that there is such a thing as a nature cure.

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a
book video?

I have a website – (I am also a playwright, radio
presenter and a Shakespeare lecturer):
http://www.ameliamarriette.com

I also have a blog and I blog about once a month on
average.
http://www.ameliamarriette.com/blog

I am currently recording a series of four Zoom talks about
my book. I think that using how technology is helping
authors and I am embracing this idea. I also provide more
information about why I wrote my book and expand on
some of my themes.
My latest Zoom Blog about my book, and authors and how
Zoom can technology is helping to bring new audiences.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6da9wDRkQpY&t=45s

Here is the link to the first YouTube video about my book
using the images that I took on the walk.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEUnw4n5Heg

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors?
How about any great editors?
 
My friend, who is also a writer, began the editing process
for me with great tact and kindness. Later, my editor at
Mereo Books, a small publisher in Cirencester, very kindly
made helpful suggestions or pointed out errors again very
gently. We all need editors, but I believe that we also
need to protect ourselves from having our confidence
shattered. I also think that it’s vital that an editor respects
and retains the authorial voice.

9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading
new authors and reviewing their work?

I like biographies, books about trees and nature. Anything
Shakespeare related – modern re-workings of
Shakespeare’s plays for example: Ewan’s Nutshell, Jane
Smiley, A Thousand Acres) and I also loved Headlong by
Michael Frayn – any book that looks at paintings in a
tangential and new way appeals to me and Frayn is also
an excellent comic writer.

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? 
My favourite book of all time is the Complete Memoirs of
George Sherston – George Sherston is the pen-name of
Siegfried Sassoon. I first read The Memoirs of A Fox-
Hunting Man, followed by The Memoirs of an Infantry
Officer when I was in my twenties. I am against fox
hunting, and I am a pacifist, yet both these books opened
up worlds to me which I then inhabited, roamed about in
and explored. My mind was expanded and opened. I didn’t
change my views, but I did understand much more and
could see both issues from another point of view.  

11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
My partner and I have a pet snail called Brian who lives in
the garden; we put a dab of nail varnish on his shell and
he has been hanging around for over two years – I think
he likes us! We see him once or twice a year – he is no

trouble. We have several hedgehogs, but we rarely see
them.

12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device?
If so, what kind and how do you like it?

I am so old school when it comes to books! I spend a
great deal of time at my laptop and in my study, so I like
to take a book and be away from technology. Maybe one
day I will buy a Kindle – because I do like e-books as I
like to search for words and ideas and the search facility is
great for that!

_____

Admin: As an Amazon associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Interview with Renee Garrison, Author of Anchored Together

Hello,

I’m pleased to bring you this interview with Renee Garrison, author of Anchored Together.

Please enjoy!

Best,

Vince

Interview:

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
My name is Renee Garrison and I live in Central Florida.

2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
“Anchored Together” is a Young Adult book.

3) What is the book about? 
It is a sequel to my award-winning first book, “The Anchor Clankers.” Being the only girl in a private boys’ boarding school has its advantages: There’s not much competition for the cheer-leading squad. (And plenty of opportunities to flirt and fall in love.) But it has disadvantages,
too, especially if your father is an alcoholic. Sixteen-year-old Suzette LeBlanc moved into the Sanford Naval Academy when her father became the school Commandant. She’s gaining confidence, but her father’s drinking is on the rise, a fact her mother seems to ignore. She finds strength in her friends and finds love with the battalion commander (a.k.a. senior class president) who also must deal with an alcoholic parent. They share their pain, their coping strategies, but can they share a future?

4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I grew up with a father who abused alcohol, yet it wasn’t until after college I realized the impact his drinking had on me. During bookstore and book club visits, many readers of my first book, “The Anchor Clankers,” confided they, too, had an alcoholic parent. We shared these traits:
Do you constantly seek approval and affirmation? Do you fail to recognize your accomplishments? Do you fear criticism? Do you overextend yourself? Do you have a need for perfection? Are you uneasy when your life is going smoothly, continually anticipating problems?
I decided to write about the issue in the hope that it might help others who are struggling. No one should feel they are alone if they grow up with an alcoholic dad or mom. As a teen, I wish I’d known that while I couldn’t control my parent’s drinking, I could talk about it. And I should have.


5) How long did it take you to write it?
It took nearly three years because I put the manuscript aside for a couple of months and then read it again with fresh eyes.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?
The best way to beat writer’s block is to write something every day – even if it’s just a few paragraphs or lines. I interviewed author Andrew Gross for The Tampa Tribune. He told me his best work (and probably mine) comes on the second or third draft of a story. But you can’t edit a blank page…
You have to enjoy the process or you have chosen the wrong field. It is very solitary and very difficult work, and often slow to show results. It has become harder and harder to get work published, but unless you keep at the writing – and polish your words – you’ll never get to the
finish line. And once you do, and you are fortunate enough to be published, it’s a great thrill.
Read, read voraciously – because good storytelling is inspirational, and seeing how other writers use the language is hugely helpful. No more procrastinating!

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog?
My author website is http://www.reneegarrison.com and my blog is
http://www.reneewritesnow.wordpress.com I also have an author page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/anchorclankers/

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists? 
Please don’t follow the advice of writers who think self-publishing or indie publishing means you don’t need outside professional help. To be perfectly candid, if you’re planning to publish, it’s going to cost money. It doesn’t matter that you majored in English or worked for a newspaper, you cannot edit or proof your own work. And the tragedy is that a reader who
catches your mistakes in those first pages or chapters will never buy another one of your books.
Working with Elizabeth Babski of Babski Creative Studios on the covers of both my books has been a joyful experience. I highly recommend her.

9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
Young Adult, of course, but I’m also a fan of mystery books and I love discovering new authors!
All good storytellers influence my writing.

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? 
Wow – that’s a tough one. One made an early impression on me – Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh. At 11 years old, Harriet carefully observes others and writes her thoughts down in a
notebook as practice for her future career. (Maybe that’s why I chose to be a newspaper journalist?!)

11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
I adored my feisty, five-pound peke-a-poo (Pekinese mother + poodle father) who crossed the rainbow bridge one month shy of her 17th birthday. I’m currently filling the void she left in my life by dog sitting for lots of friends who travel.

12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?

NO! I’m ridiculously old fashioned and I love to hold a book in my hands. I haunt my local library and love the smell and texture of paper pages. (I even collect book marks.)

______

Admin: As an Amazon associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Interview with Carrie Hayes, Author of Naked Truth

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Carrie Hayes, author of Naked Truth.

Please enjoy.

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

Interview:

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)? 

My name is Carrie Hayes and I live in New Jersey.

2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre? 

The title of my book is Naked Truth or Equality, the Forbidden Fruit. It is historical fiction.

3) What is the book about?

Naked Truth is based on the true, but little known story of sisters Victoria Woodhull and Tennessee Claflin who started out as spiritualists. Victoria was the first woman to run for President of the United States in 1872, almost 50 years before women had the vote.

4) Where did you come up with the idea? 

I read a biography about them by Barbara Goldsmith, called OtherPowers. Then I read another one about Victoria called Mrs. Satan, and then another and another… I became obsessed. And part of what was so tantalizing, was that the story of these sisters, Victoria and Tennessee was outrageous…. at first, they were famous for being famous. Then the next thing you know, they are the darlings of incredibly influential thinkers and activists. By 1870, Victoria was making headlines as the face of the suffragist movement. By 1872, when she was running for President, on election night, she and Tennessee were in jail.

5) How long did it take you to write it? 

It was almost five years.

6) Did you learn anything from the project? 

I learnt humility! I had to learn the lesson that not everyone thinks my ideas and my efforts at writing are the end all and be all which certainly set me back a little bit. I finished the book for the first time in 2016, and was pretty consistently ignored and/or rejected for about two years. By 2019, I still hadn’t landed the book deal in the sky, so I began working with an editor. It helped the manuscript ALOT…. but, while agents expressed mild interest, I just didn’t have any takers. Soooooo, I started to move forward with the idea of self publishing.

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video? 

I do have a website, www.carriehayes.net and I sort of use Medium as my blog. I think I’m going to try and get a video together…

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists? 

Yes. If you feel that you’re going to be going it alone, really spend a minimum of 3 months, beforehand, deciding on how you’re going to market this thing. I didn’t plan it out properly at all. When the pandemic hit, I was pretty clueless on how to proceed. I really recommend Eva Natiello for coaching and marketing the book. I really recommend Nicole Bokat for editing. I really recommend Cherub at 100 covers. All of these people were so kind and professional and helpful. 

9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work? 

I love historical fiction, I love thrillers, so long as they’re not too gorey. Yes, I love reading new authors and yes, am open to reviewing.

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? 

My favorite book tends to change from year to year. This year, I was blown away by Fleishman is inTrouble by Taffy Brodesser Akner. 

11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind? 

I have a super spoiled dog named Toby and an even more spoiled cat named Francois.

12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it? 

I have a clunky old paperwhite Kindle. I guess I’m ready for an upgrade. I do prefer books, because only in a book can you feel the geography of the experience, and quickly find anything you’ve forgotten or need to remind yourself of… I’m sometimes feel lost when I read on my kindle….

_____

Admin: As an Amazon associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Interview with Rick Moskovitz, Author of Shared Madness

Hello,

I’m pleased to bring you this interview today with Rick Moskovitz, author of Shared Madness. (Psychological Thriller)

Please see the interview below and enjoy!

Best,

Vincent Lowry

Interview:

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?

Rick Moskovitz, Florida

2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?  

 Shared Madness; Psychological Thriller

3) What is the book about?  

Zack, a psychiatrist, admits to the hospital an agitated young Saudi American, in the midst of what appears to be a psychotic break. Youssef has been hearing voices and was found hiding with his laptop in the woods from unidentified assailants whom he believes are trying to kill him. He’s found coded messages on the laptop that he suspects portend a terrorist plot.

When Youssef is found dead either by suicide or murder, Zack develops symptoms similar to Youssef’s, hearing voices and catching glimpses of his dead patient, whom he believes is trying to kill him. He becomes entangled with Youssef’s widow Jamilah in her efforts to solve the mystery of her husband’s death and the coded message, but nothing in Zack’s world is as it appears as he swings between concern for her safety and suspicion that she is responsible for Youssef’s death and part of the terrorist plot that he suspected.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?  

It came to me after 9/11 as I contemplated the dilemma of balancing a psychiatrist’s duty to maintain confidentiality with the duty to prevent harm if a patient were to share information during treatment that might forewarn of a terrorist plot. Having the patient in the throes of a psychosis would complicate the doctor’s ability to determine the validity of the threat. As I played with the story, it occurred to me that if the doctor were also to develop hallucinations and delusions, his ability to discern the truth would be further compromised. And, of course, a mad psychiatrist at the center of the story would make it all the more engaging.

5) How long did it take you to write it?

Either 15 years or 6 months, depending on how you look at it. I wrote a half dozen chapters in 2006, got stuck and filed it away in Dropbox. After I published my Brink of Life Trilogy in November 2019, I stumbled upon the file and decided to have a shot at completing it, having honed my skills as a novelist over the past decade writing science fiction. The rest of the story flowed easily from its beginnings as the characters came alive in my imagination.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

It was the first time I wrote in the first person. While sacrificing the ability of the narrator to get into the other character’s heads, I found that writing in the first person lent depth to the protagonist’s story and his experience. In the end, it was a worthwhile trade-off, particularly with a character in the midst of a psychotic break.

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?

I have two websites:rickmoskovitz.com was originally designed for my non-fiction self-help book Lost in the Mirror and the original version of my psychological novel about recovered memories Carousel Music, which I’ve just republished in a Revised Edition.brinkoflife.com was dedicated initially to my science fiction trilogy Brink of Life and now includes Shared Madness and the Revised Edition of Carousel Music.My blog, Visions of a Carbon Based Life Form was started while writing science fiction and deals with science based issues, but occasionally veers into social issues and politics. The title refers to the dichotomy between silicon based AIs of the future and humans and the class conflicts it generates in the future social order.I’ve made book videos for Shared Madness, Carousel Music, A Stand-in for Dying, and The Creators, all of which are on my YouTube channel

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists? 

Be patient and persistent. It takes 10,000 hours to become proficient at any worthwhile creative endeavor. That certainly goes for writing. And marketing has a similar learning curve. Consider it a marathon, not a sprint, and don’t be afraid of making mistakes along the way.I have been delighted with the covers of Shared Madness and the new edition of Carousel Music, both designed by The Book Cover Whisperer. I found her reasonably priced, wonderfully intuitive, easy to work with, and fast. My socks are still on the floor across the room!

9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?

Science fiction, literary fiction, historical fiction. Oddly enough, I read slowly and find anything longer than 350 pages daunting. (some exceptions: Michener’s The Source and The Goldfinch by Donna Tart, which kept me engaged to the end) So I’m willing to read and review occasional short new author works. (I’ve also leaned toward writing novella length works for the same reason.)

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? 

“Of all time” is a tough call, given my age! Catch-22 comes to mind. Brilliant, incisive, incredibly funny and tragic at the same time, and timeless.

11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?

No pets. I prefer to have the freedom to travel (at least pre-COVID-19). But I live on a bay, kayak regularly, and have frequent close encounters with dolphins, manatees, and all manner of exotic sea birds. Video clips from my dolphin encounters are featured on my book trailer for The Creators.

12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it? 

I read most often on the Kindle app on my iPhone, which I find convenient and, of course, portable. I recently bought a Kindle Fire, which is OK, but the short battery life has been frustrating. I do enjoy the larger screen.

___________

Admin: As an Amazon associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Interview with Luke Soto, Author of For We are More Than Conquerors

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Luke Soto, author of For We are More Than Conquerors.

Please enjoy.

Best,

Vincent Lowry

Interview:

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?          The author name I go by is Luke Soto, my actual name. and the knight of redemption a nickname i came up with

2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre? The title of the newest book i am having released is called “For We Are More Than Conquerors”  it would fall under Christian living 

3) What is the book about? 
    It is about the redemption of Christ, it is about how we as the creation of God were bound by sin and didn’t have a choice in the matter of how we lived because either way we were damned to hell. The sacrifice of Jesus Christ for our salvation set us free from sin and now that we are free from sin, we can now choose to live our best life in Christ and live outside of that habit of sin that held up captive, its now our choice to live in Jesus Christ and free from our addiction to sinful living. Sin doesn’t want that and will do what ever it takes to keep you stuck under It’s control, its the slavery to sin God has set us free from. We now followers of Christ have to fight these temptations fight this addiction and long habitual practice of sin everyday of our lives, and what do we do we don’t even know how to, how can a man or woman stand against something if they don’t even know their identity in Christ, so this book is to help them to remember what Paul says, “…we are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ”  this books is a reminder of the fundamentals of our faith and what it actually means to be more than a conqueror. We hear in church all the time that we are more than a conqueror but what does that actually mean? read and find out what the very definition and life of the Christian is as more than a conqueror. That is what this book is about.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?
It was just bugging me as I sat in church and heard the phrase “we are more than a conqueror.” and then go right on along. It was sung in song and in preaching it just became a by word, it was bizarre but it kind of just followed me and every time I heard it, it just echoed deep within me and it was like a haunt from a ghost. I felt that nudge of my curiosity that said, go find out what it means to be more than a conqueror in Christ.

5) How long did it take you to write it?
 it took me a long time to research it but it took about nine months to write this out. and studying everyday with hours at the computer typing out this sermon.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?
 Yes I did. I learned about the redemption we hold in Jesus Christ, I learned about faith, I learned about prayer, I learned about hope, about the responsibility we have to live right before God, I learned a lot about the life of Sin and Death and how it is a part of who we are but it doesn’t have to be the way we live, we can accept that fact that we do sin but we don’t have to stay living in it, and we can live a better life outside of our addiction to sin and death. We can live the life that Jesus Christ has planned for us. I learned the truth that Jesus is there to fight with us and we got to trust that He is God and has our best interest at heart and we can make it through our hard times. I learned about the Cross and the suffering and the pain that awaits us, but I also saw that we get battle scarred and also the love and the true reward of living the blessing that comes from fighting against the sinful self and the devil that looks to keep us in death and hell. I learned that we fall, we scrap our knees and get bruises but we can get back up and live better still. I learned the Lord God is a warrior and The Lord of Hosts is His name. That Jesus Christ is Lord of Angel Armies. and by the blood of Christ we are free to live in Him and free from the sins we were bound to. I learned salvation is a process and lasts our lifetime and that redemption is for the believer in Christ more than the sinner, but the sinner has the invitation to come and get that redemption from sin as well. God loves all humanity not just the few, I learned about the God who is More Than a Conqueror. I hope to share Him with  you the readers.

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?    yes i do
www.knightofredemption.com – author website  there you will see i have a blog as well that talks more on this topic and the stuff that goes along with the topic of redemption
as for the book video i have it attached  to this file.  i dunno if that helps or do i need to send a link from my social media page
For_We_Are_More_Than_Conquerors_720p.mp4(21,012K)

also here is my social media links incase readers are interested in following to keep updated on when the book is being released
facebook: The Knight of redemption
instagram: knight_of_redemption
twitter: @knightredeemed

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists? 
I’m a new author. 
I really don’t hold many tips myself. I can only say learn your history, apply the lessons best you can for yourself and read your book so much that you get sick of seeing it. Let that book be such a part of you that you ooze with the words and live the very pages in your life as an example. be the living word…. well the word that you want to emulate in your life.
Don’t know if that helps any people out there.

9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I like classics, historical fiction mostly. I’m a huge fan of the classic authors, not this new stuff. I love Alexander Dumas, Robert L. Stevenson, Mark twain, G,K. Chesterton, sir walter scott, J.R. R. tolkien, C.S Lewis, Homer, Aesop, etc. 
they have to have a really good topic to talk on, and a point that can hold my attention, a lot of modern writers are very much so just lacking the imagination like the writers of the past centuries. Maybe I’m a bit of a purist, maybe i’m a bit spoiled after reading such legendary works
 I don’t think I could offer any advice that would be meaningful. Who am I to say what will work and not work. 

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? 
The Count of Monte Cristo but I’m so torn between that and two others. but i’ll say that one off the top of my head. The book has it all! drama, intrigue, love, adventure, revenge!, lessons to learn for our lives. 
the count shows a man who gave himself up for hate and lost his very identity and didn’t see the goodness that was there infront of his eyes all along, this man was stupid as a bag of rocks  and just didn’t care. Heck the life of this man was something that can really make a difference in many people and also spark and inferno in the imagination and get you so involved…. I threw  the book at one point when I saw that a certain event took place… I won’t spoil it.  I never felt so involved than I was in that book.

11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
     I personally don’t. but I love dogs

12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
not anymore i don’t’. I had a nook when it was first released, actually a nook color. but i hated it. It was super frustrating.  After trying to read through the book it was like I was making no progress and I was more focused on that than on the plot of the book. I was trying to enjoy and help me be stress free. It works for some, it’s just not my cup of tea.

_____

*As an Amazon associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized